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From the Department of Walk Backs, Gingrich and mandates

As we noted in First Thoughts, Newt Gingrich on Meet the Press acknowledged his past support for an individual health-insurance mandate:

“I agree that all of us have a responsibility to help pay for health care. And I think that there are ways to do it that make most libertarians relatively happy. I've said consistently, where there's some requirement you either have health insurance or you post a bond or in some way you indicate you're going to be held accountable.”

But now Gingrich is walking that back. In a video posted on his Web site, he says:

"I am completely opposed to the Obamacare mandate on individuals.  I fought it for two and half years at the Center for Health Transformation.  You can see all the things we did to stop it at HealthTransformation.net.  I am for the repeal of Obamacare and I am against any effort to impose a federal mandate on anyone because it is fundamentally wrong and I believe unconstitutional."

This is the latest in apparent flip-flops by Gingrich -- from his position on intervention in Libya to his support (or lack thereof) of Rep. Paul Ryan's fiscal plan.